For iPad Pros, is Lightning to USB-C faster than regular?

aevan

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Ok, so I connect my 12.9" iPad Pro to my Touch Bar MacBook Pro with a Lightning cable and Apple's USB-A to USB-C adapter. Since iPad Pro is USB 3, would there any benefits in terms of speed if I used a Lightning to USB-C cable?

Anyone has any ideas?

Thanks
 

Kyle4

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Yes, it charges faster with the USB-C connection. If you use the wall adapter it'll fast charge as well, this is supported officially by Apple.
 
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canesalato

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What are you denying? That iPad Pro does not use USB3 speeds?

Edit: My apologies I responded before you edited your comment. Yes, the iPad pro's lightning port supports USB 3 speeds, but you will need an adapter since the iPP only ships with a cable that can handle USB 2.0 speed.
Hello, no need to apologize. The original post was not clear, that's why I edited :)
But let me expand on what you said:
unfortunatly there's no adapter that can achive what the OP asked for.
Yes: iPad pro 12.9 and 10.5 support USB3, but only when importing pictures with the USB/SD card adapters.
The Lightning-USB-C cable supports fast charging, but speed-wise, is still USB2
 

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Hello, no need to apologize. The original post was not clear, that's why I edited :)
But let me expand on what you said:
unfortunatly there's no adapter that can achive what the OP asked for.
Yes: iPad pro 12.9 and 10.5 support USB3, but only when importing pictures with the USB/SD card adapters.
The Lightning-USB-C cable supports fast charging, but speed-wise, is still USB2
Thank you for the clarification.

Hope Apple makes usb 3 lightning cables.
 
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ManyThreads

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Well, that's the oposite of what the previous poster said - that their USB-C Lightning cable is NOT USB 3. So which one is it?
Their standard USB-A to Lighting cable included with their products is not USB 3.0.

The optional USB-C to Lightning cable when used with the optional USB-C charger, can fast-charge compatible devices (like the new iPad Pro's).

The USB 3.0 Camera Connection kit lets you plug in USB 3.0 accessories (eg. a memory card reader) and gives you USB 3.0 speeds for transferring data on USB 3.0 enabled devices (the new iPad Pros). It also has a port for supplying external power via standard lightning charger to help run certain things.

Apple does not make USB-A to Lightning cables that are USB 3.0. Again it only matters if you are using USB 3.0 compatible devices like the new iPad Pros.
 
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Also, if I understand this correctly, Apple's USB-C to Lightning cable provides Fast Charging capabilities, but the data transfer is still USB 2 speeds.
 

ManyThreads

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I did read the thread, and I answered a direct question when one of the posters asked for clarification. Read more carefully next time, you are going to cause even more confusion.
 

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I did read the thread, and I answered a direct question when one of the posters asked for clarification. Read more carefully next time, you are going to cause even more confusion.
Sorry man.. It's been proved in another thread. Although it makes no sense, Apple does not sell USB3 speed cables. Canesalato is exactly right in his explaination. Sad but true.
Also, if I understand this correctly, Apple's USB-C to Lightning cable provides Fast Charging capabilities, but the data transfer is still USB 2 speeds.
100% correct
 

ManyThreads

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Sorry man.. It's been proved in another thread. Although it makes no sense, Apple does not sell USB3 speed cables. Canesalato is exactly right in his explaination. Sad but true.

100% correct
Apple *does* sell USB 3.0 cables though, just not the type most people probably want. Apologies if I have caused any confusion as I was replying to a broad statement. The speeds only work with the new iPad pros, and only with specific adapters (like the female USB adapter kit). I completely agree that their regular cables not being USB 3.0 enabled is ridiculous.

From the apple website:

Tech Specs

Lightning
USB 3

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 10.5-inch iPad Pro transfers data at USB 3 speeds, while the 9.7-inch iPad Pro uses USB 2.

Add even greater capability and versatility to your iPad Pro by powering the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter with a USB Power Adapter. Then you can connect USB peripherals like hubs, Ethernet adapters, audio/MIDI interfaces, and card readers for CompactFlash, SD, microSD, and more.
 

ManyThreads

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I know it feels good to prove someone wrong and have the last word but you're just repeating what I said. Like I said, perfect explanation in the above post.

I'm going to go out in a limb here and say most people want USB3 speed in the lightning cable so that's the focus of this conversation.
I'm not out to "feel good" or prove anyone wrong - what an odd statement. This is just friendly discussion with fellow users trying to help each other. Adding needless clutter to the thread debating this with me is far more disruptive to the topic. I am just contributing to a thread like anyone else, doing my best to help. If you don't agree, don't read my posts, rather than try and decide for everyone else what is helpful and what isn't. This is also relevant information to me as well as I am likely going to buy one of those USB 3.0 kits.
 

upandown

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Except you had an incorrect statement so others were trying to clarify. And now you're back pedaling.
 

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Except you had an incorrect statement so others were trying to clarify. And now you're back pedaling.
Back pedaling? The total opposite - I am more than happy to admit when I am wrong so I can learn from it.

Can you quote my incorrect statement please? If that is true I apologize and will correct it for everyone's benefit.
 

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Back pedaling? The total opposite - I am more than happy to admit when I am wrong so I can learn from it.

Can you quote my incorrect statement please? If that is true I apologize and will correct it for everyone's benefit.
You linked the apple USB C cable as being USB3 speed compliant. It's not.
 

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Hello, no need to apologize. The original post was not clear, that's why I edited :)
But let me expand on what you said:
unfortunatly there's no adapter that can achive what the OP asked for.
Yes: iPad pro 12.9 and 10.5 support USB3, but only when importing pictures with the USB/SD card adapters.
The Lightning-USB-C cable supports fast charging, but speed-wise, is still USB2
Thanks for the clarification Canesalato :)
 
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cocoua

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this is a f***g joke. a shame for Apple

restoring 256 iphone/ipad makes you feel you are in the early 00's with 18 hours process.

copying big files to iphone/ipad takes for ever..

SHAME APPLE

Apple is so late for some basic things... (3G, video recording, screens >4", whole screen phones, thin bezels, RAM, disk size, wireless charging, NFC...)

Mac is the same, they are always late for basic things... but toutch-f***g-bar is already there rising up pricing for nothing...

Apple is always first in creating new adapters :mad: